acclaim

verb
ac·​claim | \ ə-ˈklām How to pronounce acclaim (audio) \
acclaimed; acclaiming; acclaims

Definition of acclaim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : applaud, praise Critics acclaimed her performance.
2 : to declare by acclamation was acclaimed president of the society

intransitive verb

: to shout praise or applause

acclaim

noun

Definition of acclaim (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act of acclaiming
2 : praise, applause She deserves acclaim for all her charitable works.

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Other Words from acclaim

Verb

acclaimer noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for acclaim

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of acclaim in a Sentence

Verb The critics have acclaimed her performance. she has long been acclaimed by the critics for her realistic acting Noun Her performance in the ballet earned her critical acclaim. She deserves acclaim for all her charitable works.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb One year ago, artistic director Guillaume Henry premiered his debut designs to acclaim for the establishment first founded by Jean Patou in 1914. Thomas Adamson, Star Tribune, "Kenzo gets the buzz at bee-themed Paris Fashion Week show," 30 Sep. 2020 Lovers Rock recently premiered to acclaim at this year's (virtual) New York Film Festival, with Mangrove and Red, White and Blue to screen over the next two weeks. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, "See John Boyega and Letitia Wright in new trailer for Steve McQueen's Small Axe anthology," 20 Sep. 2020 In the meantime, BMW introduced its six-cylinder K 1600 touring bikes to worldwide acclaim and has enjoyed a sharply upward trajectory in sales and profits. John Burns/cycle World, Popular Science, "22 of the weirdest concept motorcycles ever made," 10 Sep. 2020 Stick to Sports, the duo’s new late-night talk show on VICE TV, started airing in late August to acclaim from fans and critics alike. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "My Bedtime Routine: Extreme Skin Care, ‘The Kissing Booth,’ and Glennon Doyle," 9 Sep. 2020 Trump first publicly wore a mask on July 11 during a visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, to acclaim from aides. Fortune, "Trump and his top aides have stopped wearing masks after a brief effort," 3 Sep. 2020 Lifetime's bombshell docuseries premiered to acclaim in 2019, but behind the scenes, the original, nearly all-Black postproduction group protested the project's direction and walked out — only to see the show eventually fulfill its hopes. Katie Kilkenny, The Hollywood Reporter, "Why the First 'Surviving R. Kelly' Editing Team Resigned," 12 Aug. 2020 In the early 1930s Wright began to reemerge to acclaim in the public eye. Anthony Alofsin, Smithsonian Magazine, "How New York Made Frank Lloyd Wright a Starchitect," 24 Feb. 2020 Wallace, 48, has risen to acclaim as a strident critic of President Trump. Washington Post, "MSNBC elevates Nicolle Wallace to be the heart of the network’s midday programming," 3 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Ball might not reach that level of acclaim, but talent evaluators, opposing players and longtime NBA insiders can’t be sure. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "Warriors' draft in retrospect: Would LaMelo Ball have been a better pick than James Wiseman?," 16 Feb. 2021 The indictment is a twist after years of positive acclaim. Austin Huguelet, USA TODAY, "Missouri lawmaker indicted for selling fake stem cell treatment she said could cure COVID-19," 4 Feb. 2021 Notably, Kingsley Ben-Adir’s take on Malcolm X comes with an understated complexity that's worthy of critical acclaim. J'na Jefferson, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Kingsley Ben-Adir Brought a More Vulnerable Malcolm X to the Screen," 19 Jan. 2021 Larry’s many thousands of interview awards and global acclaim, stand as a testament to his unique and lasting talent as a broadcaster. Shauna Stuart | Sstuart@al.com, al, "Veteran broadcaster and journalist Larry King has died at age 87," 23 Jan. 2021 Critical acclaim for Chilombo upon its release was followed by three Grammy nominations for the project, including an Album of the Year nod that marks Aiko’s first appearance in the Big Four categories. Jason Lipshutz, Billboard, "Executive of the Week: Def Jam SVP Urban Promotion & Artist Relations Natina Nimene," 15 Jan. 2021 One of ‘Da 5 Bloods’ cast members who has drawn widespread acclaim for his performance is Chadwick Boseman. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, "Spike Lee had never heard of Golden Globe Ambassadors — until his kids became them," 14 Jan. 2021 The announcement attracted even more acclaim from gullible political commentators than her father’s epistolary flourish had done. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, "Liz and Dick Cheney Are No American Heroes," 13 Jan. 2021 Speaking of the 2010 Oscars, though, our new biggest movie star in the world, Bale, still wins his Oscar for The Fighter, having drawn massive acclaim for his change-of-pace performance (and, sigh, weight loss). Joe Reid, Vulture, "What Happens in the Mirror Universe Where Darren Aronofsky Made Batman Instead of Christopher Nolan?," 12 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of acclaim

Verb

1626, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for acclaim

Verb

borrowed (with assimilation to claim entry 1) from Middle French & Latin; Middle French acclamer, borrowed from Latin acclāmāre "to shout (at or in reaction to), raise an outcry, shout approval," from ad- ad- + clāmāre "to shout" — more at claim entry 1

Noun

derivative of acclaim entry 1

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The first known use of acclaim was in 1626

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“Acclaim.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/acclaim. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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More Definitions for acclaim

acclaim

verb

English Language Learners Definition of acclaim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to praise (someone or something) in a very strong and enthusiastic way

acclaim

noun

English Language Learners Definition of acclaim (Entry 2 of 2)

: strong approval or praise

acclaim

verb
ac·​claim | \ ə-ˈklām How to pronounce acclaim (audio) \
acclaimed; acclaiming

Kids Definition of acclaim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: praise entry 1 sense 1 The book was acclaimed by the critics.

acclaim

noun

Kids Definition of acclaim (Entry 2 of 2)

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